Benefits of Coconut Water
by Edward Group
Indian culture, the coconut palm is described as Kalpavriksha,
or, the all giving tree. I agree with the notion, the
coconut palm is a fantastic tree with many offerings. Its fruit
and coconut water offer many therapeutic benefits and contributions
to human health.
is a natural nutritious beverage and its very popular all
over the world. Its thought to be extremely nutritious as
it contains active compounds and a unique composition of sugars,
vitamins, minerals, amino acids and phytohormones.
fitness, and sporting worlds are awash with sports drinks. Remove
the marketing and endorsement deals and youll find that most
are just overhyped sugar water. Coconut water has gotten a lot of
attention as being a healthy, natural alternative to sport drinks.
Most of this appeal is based upon observations regarding its hydration
Water: In the Lab
Just as Indian
culture places a high value on the coconut, so do their academic
circles when it comes to inquiring into its incredibleness in the
laboratory. Several studies involving animal models have reported
very positive outcomes when evaluating coconut water.
of Biochemistry at Indias University of Kerala has repeatedly
examined the effect of coconut water on lab rats and done so from
multiple angles. In one study, they reported that coconut water
reduced blood sugar and oxidative stress in diabetic rats. Another
study found that coconut water reduced high blood pressure and improved
antioxidant activity. Further research revealed a beneficial effect
Water for Total Body Hydration
exercising, or just thirsty, you have, literally, hundreds of beverage
options. Why coconut water? For starters, its natural and
its better for you. Coconut water has less sugar, less acidity,
and less calories than soft drinks. Coconut water is also higher
in electrolytes. When youve been exercising and sweating,
youve lost more than water and thats why rehydrating
with more than water is necessary.
in Malaysia compared the rehydration efficacy of plain water, sports
drinks, and coconut water, coconut water was the shining star. A
study that included ten healthy males, each exercising for 90 minutes,
determined that not only was sodium-enriched coconut water extremely
effective for whole body rehydration, it was also better tolerated-
no nausea or upset stomach.
are in line with other research that has found drinking coconut
water to be easy on the stomach. Persons who consume it after exercising
experience less nausea and uncomfortable fullness than
with regular water, soft drinks, and sports beverages.
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